First commercial cargo train arrives in Nairobi


PSCU: The first commercial cargo train arrived in Nairobi today, January 1st, 2018 at the ultra-modern inland container depot which was launched by President Kenyatta a fortnight ago.

The arrival of the cargo train is in line with President Kenyatta’s government policy of reducing costs of doing business in the country.

“New commercial cargo train would cut costs and delays in trade for Kenyans and its neighbours” Uhuru said during new year’s message

Today’s cargo train carried 104 containers, which is almost equivalent to the trucks operating daily on the Mombasa-Nairobi highway.

According to the Kenya’s Ports Authority head of Inland Container Deports Symon Wahome, the new commercial cargo train will revolutionize the transportation of cargo in Kenya.

“While the meter train used to carry twenty to thirty containers, the standard gauge train will carry 216 containers,” said Mr. Wahome.

He said currently there would be four trains operating daily but in the fullness of time eight cargo trains are expected to operate to and from Mombasa.

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Source: pscu

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